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Megan McCann, a junior communication science and disorders major, travelled to Guam to see her family for the first time in two years.

Students travel overseas to see family after COVID-19 previously delayed travel

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer January 19, 2021
Megan McCann, along with many other Pitt students, traveled overseas during winter break to see her family after COVID-19 delayed her travel plans from earlier in 2020. “Being back in Guam is so good. I just want to stay forever.”
Provost Ann Cudd and seven other provosts at Pennsylvania universities signed a document last Tuesday saying the new visa rules proposed by the Department of Homeland Security  rules are “unnecessary” and “harmful.”

Pitt submits document opposing proposed DHS visa rules

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor November 11, 2020
Pitt submitted comments on Oct. 27 opposing new visa requirements proposed by the Trump administration. The document, signed by Provost Ann Cudd, said the rules are “unnecessary” and “harmful” and called on the federal government to immediately withdraw them.
Isabel Morales, an international student from Colombia, led a discussion Friday afternoon about her article she published on Panoramas about the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis.

Student-led discussion zooms in on Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Morales led a discussion Friday afternoon about her article covering the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis. The article was published in Panoramas, Pitt’s online, student-led publication dedicated to news, research, culture and art of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinx Caribbean diasporas.
New rules proposed by the Trump administration seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as create new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States, among other changes.

‘A perpetual state of fear’: International students criticize latest round of proposed student visa changes

By Rebecca Johnson, News Editor October 14, 2020
The new rules published on Sept. 25 by the Department of Homeland Security — which would affect many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students — seek to create fixed terms of up to four years for student visas, as well as new applications for international students to extend their stay in the United States.
The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

Pitt files brief in support of lawsuit against new ICE guidelines

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer July 13, 2020
Pitt filed an amicus brief on Monday supporting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lawsuit against the Trump administration.
The COVID-19 pandemic causes uncertainty about returning for the fall semester for many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students.

‘What did we do to deserve this?’: International students worried about new ICE guidelines

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer July 10, 2020
International students at Pitt say they are gravely concerned over new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines announced Monday, which would force them to leave the country if the University moves classes online only for the fall.
More than 1,000 people sign letter urging University action against ICE guidance

More than 1,000 people sign letter urging University action against ICE guidance

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer July 9, 2020
More than 1,000 people have signed an open letter penned by four graduate students in the English department to Pitt’s administration urging the University to take swift action.
The COVID-19 pandemic causes uncertainty about returning for the fall semester for many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students.

‘This feeling of helplessness’: International students concerned about fall semester amid pandemic

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer May 19, 2020
Travel restrictions and delays in processing visas has left many of Pitt’s 3,100 international students questioning whether they will be able to start the fall semester on campus.
Global Ties mentors help Pitt’s new undergraduate international students acclimate to life as a student in the United States. (Photo courtesy of Kyoungah Lee)

International students adjust to American culture

By Madeline Gavatorta, Staff Writer August 20, 2018
Student organizations and mentors on campus help Pitt students from abroad get used to their new surroundings — along with the daily struggles of being a college student.
Marion Hastings, a French international student at Pitt, finds jet lag to be an issue when traveling home to France during winter break. (Photo courtesy of Marion Hastings)

International students stay stateside for spring break

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer March 14, 2018

Pitt’s Student Government Board announced last summer that the University’s winter break would be extended by a full week. The extension was applauded by most students — but for Pitt’s international...

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